A few years ago I was hosting some friends when the spill of all spills happened. The one you nervously laugh about when purchasing anything white. Yep, the dreaded red wine spill, on a white wool rug, because really, what fun is a red wine spill unless it happens on something white? But my friend was quick on the draw. She ran to the kitchen and returned with salt, club soda, and a dish towel. By the next morning the stain was gone.
Try this simple technique as a non-toxic remedy for those dreaded spills.
. Blot fresh stain to soak up excess liquid.
. Sprinkle stained area liberally with salt (but not too liberally or you'll be vacuuming salt up for weeks, trust me on this one).
. Pour club soda or seltzer water over stained area.
. Leave soda and salt on the stained area for a few hours or overnight.
. Re-blot area to soak up excess water.
. Vacuum area to remove salt.
So far I've used this trick for red wine spilled on a wool rug, coffee spilled on an ivory shag rug, and cranberry juice spilled on a white table cloth (for the table cloth, I used the salt and club soda as a pre-treat before washing it).
As a side note: This technique works best to remove fresh stains, so try to apply salt and soda as quickly as possible.
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(Image: Julia Brenner)